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Re: E30 M3 vs. Porsche 968 (archive)

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Posted by Seth Thomas on January 24, 2000 at 14:44:37:

In Reply to: E30 M3 vs. Porsche 968 posted by H. on January 24, 2000 at 11:05:34:

I used to have a 968 with the factory M030 (sport suspension) option. THis was a great car. I loved owning it and sometimes wish that I had it back. Now I have never owned an E30 M3 but I have driven and ridden in a few. Here is what I think about the two cars. Both are great and reliable cars. The Porsche is going to be faster all around than a stock M3. It has more displacement, more power, more torque, and a great 6-speed transmission. I am not sure about the brakes on the two cars but Porsche usually has a better reputation here. Mine had 928 S4 calipers and rotors all around so it stopped on a dime. With the M3, you will have a little bit more interior space and trunk space. Price of ownership might be lower with the M3 as the tires a smaller and the tranmission and drivetrain are easier to get to. The clutch in the 968 is going to cost you around $1000 just for parts. It will then be another $500 to $1000 for labor as it is mounted behind the diff.

Here is where you will just have to drive the cars and see which one you like the best. The 968 is great but might be more to maintain. The M3 is another great car but is not as fast as the 968. YOu just need to decide. I personally would not worry about the resale of the car. Cars are meant to be driven and enjoyed. As long as you enjoy the car you will love buying. Just go out and drive them. Have fun and let us know which one you get.

Seth Thomas

: Here's a question I have wanted an answer to for a while, and thought this would a good place to get some opinions:

: How does an E30 M3 compare to a Porsche 968? I have never driven either, but from what I understand, both are very good-handling and balanced cars, both have high output four cylinder engines (with some engine vibration in every day driving, right?), and both are well-built, both require careful caring, so on paper, they seem like similar cars. Has anyone driven both, or does anyone know of a place on the net where I can find a comparison test? The Porsche is probably fatser 0-60, and some people have told me it handles better, but the BMW DOES have in incredible racing heritage behind it...

: I have been tempted to buy both, although my love for BMW tells me to forget the Porsche.

: Any insight would be appreciated.

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